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The Wood Islands Welcome Centre including the Wood Islands Liquor Store and the Administration Office  is open for the 2016 season.  The Liquor Store opened Thursday, May 19 operating Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 – 6 with Sundays: noon to 6.  Extended summer hours (longer hours and 7 days a week) will start in June.  Our Wood Islands Lighthouse, also part of our WIADC operations, will open for tours June 11. 

Hall rentals can be arranged by calling Audrey on her cell (902) 940-4784.

Business opportunities:

Our newer and beautiful heritage-themed facilities immediately off the Wood Islands ferries provide a ready-made marketing opportunity for entrepreneurs.  In our replica train station, we might like to see a “food truck style” (minus the food truck);  OR a great “take- away” fish and chip spot;  OR or a great coffee / baked goods/ artisan breads / healthy soups and sandwiches; OR a Fresh Market (for campers tourists and locals); OR a little artists co-op; OR whatever YOUR great business mind proposes. Know that more than 50,000 visitors come to our Centre every year off the ferry.  To discuss your venture and how we might help, contact Audrey at (902) 940-4784, or email us at wiadc@woodislands.ca   WIADC welcomes all expressions of interest and is particularly seeking businesses supporting our mandates of building a sense of community and providing local employment;  and are conducive with our guiding principles and strategic plan.  We are happy to discuss these with you.


TAOIST TAI CHI beginner classes at Wood Islands Welcome Centre began April 13, 2016.  Many thanks to volunteer instructors Kevin and Pat Smith for sharing these gentle, soulful, and health-improving lessons with our community. I can highly recommend Tai Chi  to anyone seeking “wellness.”  

Kevin and Pat explain: Taoist Tai Chi is notable at the physical level in promoting a full range of motion, in extended stretching and flexibility, and in the relaxed turning of the waist and the spine. The movements engage the whole physiology of the body; including the tendons, joints, and their connective tissue, while relaxing and harmonizing the mind.

The Wood Islands Instructor volunteers are dedicated to bringing beginning classes to eastern PEI, so that the many benefits of Taoist Tai Chi are available to all those who would like to experience them. Practiced regularly, Taoist Tai Chi cultivates both body and mind to restore and/or maintain good health for our lifetime. Our combined efforts are aimed at making these benefits better known, and understood, in order to promote physical wellness and mental well-being, in our community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin at (902) 962-3164 for information and an encouraging word.

New Name . . .

Our Centre has a new name! Formerly known as the “Plough the Waves” Centre, our “Wood Islands Welcome Centre” reflects better our position as the first place visited after arriving by ferry from Nova Scotia.

Our Welcome Centre is home to the Wood Islands and Area Development Corporation — a Not-For-Profit community organization who owns and operates the Welcome Centre including the Wood Islands Lighthouse (tours and gift shop); a community room complete with full kitchen available for your special occasions; and a community Liquor Store Agency.  Our new Commissary (in the Liquor Store) offers fresh coffee and some “provisions” you might have left behind such as BBQ, campfire, food, books, or personal items.  Pop in to see if we have what you need, or just come for a cup of fresh coffee or tea.

Joining us here at the Welcome Centre is a provincial Visitor Information Centre and an “all-you’ll-ever-need” candy and ice cream store.  We are the Trail Head (Mile 0) of the Confederation (Trans Canada) Trail where you can enjoy a short, tranquil hike (or bike ride) in any season.

Welcome to Wood Islands and to Prince Edward Island — the “Birthplace of Canada!”

This summer’s book to enjoy!

“SALTWATER ROAD, Tales of Travel on the Northumberland Strait” by Marian Bruce is currently for sale at the Wood Islands Agency Liquor Store, at the Wood Islands Lighthouse and on the ferries running between PEI and Nova Scotia. The book is also available in many book stores and other locations around the island as well as being purchased on-line too. Go to:

Island Studies Press through UPEI





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